Update: We’ll give the GOP the benefit of the doubt and say they’re talking about Jesus. How he’s a “new King” referencing Christmas today is a stretch, but this is a double entendre at the very least.
Last month, I officially left the GOP to help form the new Federalist Party. It wasn’t that I was against the concept of the GOP nor did I disagree with the sentiment of many (if not most) conservative Republicans. I saw the shift in their attempts at leadership over the last two decades and realized it was no longer the party of federalism, smaller government, or defense of personal freedoms.
Had I stayed in the party, I would be considering leaving them today. Their Christmas message delivered a blatant and dangerous insinuation that pushes their message of Donald Trump’s “anointing” to a whole new level. It’s important to note that there is no indication that the President-elect had anything to do with this message. We hope it was done without his knowledge.
Here’s an excerpt from their official message. I highlighted the ludicrous part, though I’m sure you would have noticed it otherwise.
Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.
Wow. There’s a distinction between irresponsible slips of the tongues we’ve been hearing from some GOP leaders and this outright comparison of Trump to Jesus Christ. Any official message from the GOP will have passed through several people to make sure there were no mistakes. It’s supposed to be the sentiment of the party itself. Yes, errors can be made, but this doesn’t fall into the category of being a misplaced sentiment or typo.
We’ve seen this type of worship before. It only started fading over the last couple of years and then reemerged when Hillary Clinton started failing badly. This statement by the GOP matches their continued elevation of Trump beyond his place just as the Democrats did for six+ years with Barack Obama. They soured on him a bit, but now he’s being exalted once again on his way out the door.
Whether you support Trump or not, this type of message from his party should worry you. There is no such thing as “good news of a new King.” This is America. There can be no new King elected to President. Every discerning American leader from the founders to Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan would stalwartly oppose an insinuation to the contrary, let alone a blatant declaration.
In isolation, this would be a gaffe. Unfortunately, we’ve been seeing and hearing this sentiment growing since he announced his candidacy. Many worshiped him early. Others joined in after he won the nomination. Trump-worship exploded after he won the election. Now, it’s to the point that some Republicans, even Christians, can read a message like this and jump to the party’s defense.
There is no shortage of great messages a political party can put out on Christmas. Peace, brotherhood, humility, sincere gratitude, hope… all make for a strong Christmas message. Declaring America’s “new King” is the wrong message to put out on Christmas or any day of the year.